Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

KidLit Nonfiction Workshop: Interest + Impact: Finding a Marketable Nonfiction Topic and Where to Go From There

Date(s) - 05/08/2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Interest + Impact: Finding a Marketable Nonfiction Topic and Where to Go From There

Online Workshop Description: 

Librarians love them. Teachers share them. Parents crave them. Nonfiction manuscripts are selling well! Do you have a NF idea you’d like to pursue? Not sure where to begin? In this introductory workshop we will examine various nonfiction formats and determine if your topic has impact and kid appeal. Learn how to focus STEM-related ideas using the Next Gen Science Standards. In addition, we’ll discuss strong opening scenes that hook young readers from page one.

Attendees will learn how to determine whether your NF idea will excite an agent/editor plus tips on the research process, openings that hook your reader, photo research, and more. Participants will also gain tips for staying organized during the research phase, from quote sources to photo acquisitions. Plus time for your questions!

Presented by Lori Alexander

Lori Alexander is the author of board books, picture books, and STEM-related nonfiction for young readers. Her first non-fiction chapter book, ALL IN A DROP (HMH), received a 2020 Sibert Honor Award for distinguished nonfiction. Her biography of Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympic Games, A SPORTING CHANCE (HMH), was a Junior Library Guild Selection, received multiple starred reviews, and was named a Kirkus “Best Books of 2020.” She has sold two more nonfiction titles and can’t wait to share the details (soon!).

Lori resides in sunny Tucson, Arizona, with her scientist husband and two book loving kids. Visit Lori at or on Twitter @LoriJAlexander or Instagram @lorialexanderbooks


$10.00 Member Regular Rate
$20.00 Non-member Regular Rate


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*Refunds (Tuition Only):

*Before April 15, 2021 subject to a $5.00 handling fee.

*Before May 1, 2021—50% of workshop tuition

*No refunds after May 1, 2021.

*No credits will be issued.

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